Tara DeSantis's Articles

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Central New York, Environment

Rare Asian Elephant Debuts at the Rosamond Gifford Zoo

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By Tara DeSantis, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC NEWS) — The Rosamond Gifford Zoo introduced their newest addition to an excited crowd Tuesday, who may not even have realized what an extraordinary occasion they were witnessing. In the past two years, there’s been only three successful Asian elephant pregnancies documented in North America, two of which occurred in Syracuse. […]

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Agriculture, Central New York, Environment, Public Safety

Sprucing up a Vacant Lot on the Near Westside – Just Around the Corner from Home

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By Tara DeSantis, SYRACUSE, N.Y. (NCC News) – On a freezing, gray, April day in one of Syracuse’s run-down neighborhoods, a bright spot is shining on Gifford Street. Though it’s a diamond in the rough, Karaline Rothwell and the Westside Residents Coalition (WRC) team she co-chairs, see the potential for the vacant lot they were just given a grant to […]

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Business, Central New York, Public Safety

Teens Assault Downtown Syracuse Grocery Store Owner After They Tried to Steal Beer

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By Tara DeSantis, SYRACUSE N.Y. (NCC NEWS) There are still blood stains on Mike Alamo’s shirt and a bloodshot, bandaged eye from the punch he suffered outside his small store in downtown Syracuse Sunday afternoon at approximately 2:45. Five teenaged boys attempted to steal beer from Alamo’s Grocery Store on Walton Street, then when owner Mike […]

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Central New York, Environment, Health, Sports

An Increasingly Popular Modern Sport with Ancient Beginnings

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By Tara DeSantis PULASKI, N.Y. (NCC News) — Snowshoe races are popping up all over the country, including right here in Central New York. At a recent 5K on the winding, wooded trails of the Winona Forest, there were people of all ages excited about the challenge.  Though a number of participants have snowshoed for years, many beginners are just experiencing the sport […]

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Agriculture, Central New York, Education, Health

CNY May Be Home to The New and Improved American Chestnut Tree

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By Tara DeSantis SYRACUSE, NY (NCC NEWS) The sweet, burnt caramel smell of warm chestnuts on countless smoky street corners in Manhattan is a hallmark of the winter season in the City. But any chestnuts that you may be roasting over an open fire during the holidays aren’t going to be from around here. Once one of the most important […]

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